As we start gearing up for the 2014 mid-term elections, we have to look at not just what each candidate is saying, we need to look at what the American People are saying as well. When you look at the polls on any variety of issues, the American People are saying one thing, and the Republican Party is saying another.
The mid-terms could be an avalanche for the Democrats if only they would actually state the real differences between them and the Republicans. Now, I am not a Democrat nor a Republican. I stand by my independence. I do lean left as everyone knows, but that doesn’t mean that I universally reject anyone solely based on a their party affiliation.
But, I am going to say this very clearly. This mid-term election offers America two choices. This election is between a party that is looking to keep American growing into the 21st Century, and a party that is pure evil! Yes, I said pure evil! The Republican Party has proven time-and-again over the last five plus years that they are the party of pure evil.
There are multiple examples of their evil all across the country. You only need to look at the recent Republican Budget passed by the House to see their true intent. This budget guts almost every social safety net, but continues to call for tax breaks for the wealthy. Mr. Boehner the other day said he would not bring the Extended Unemployment Insurance bill passed by the Senate to the floor for a vote. Thereby dooming over 2 million people to poverty and even losing their homes. But, he doesn’t care. The reason he won’t bring the bill to a vote? He wants cuts in the corporate taxes.
He heads a party that claims they are for freedom. They claim they are for the constitution. They claim they are for keeping the government out of our lives. They claim they are for equality in the workplace. The claim they support job creation. They claim a lot of things. But, when you look at their policies and their talking points, you soon realize they are only for divisiveness and hate. That is pure evil!
Let’s look at their policies and measure them against their own standards.
They are totally against same-sex marriage. They stand by their “definition” of marriage being between one man and one women. They claim “freedom of religion” as an excuse to discriminate against gays. They say they are for the “freedom of religion”, but they really mean that they are for the “freedom of their religion” but not anyone who disagrees with them.
Here is a question that they will never answer. If marriage is a state sponsored institution, what does it have to do with religion? Yes, marriage is a state sponsored institution. Marriage gives couples protections under the law about taxes, inheritances, child rearing, home ownership, and a host of other “privileges” that single people don’t get. Therefore, since marriage is a state sponsored institution, refusing to allow same-sex marriage is unconstitutional since that act openly discriminates against certain groups of people based on religious belief not the constitution. It is no different from saying a black cannot marry a white. That is pure evil!
They are against abortion rights. All across the country, the Republicans are passing legislation in states to deny a woman the right to an abortion if that is her decision. All the while saying the government should “stay out of our lives” they are more than willing to crawl into the life of a woman. There is no social justification for this attempt to ban abortion. It is purely religious. All the while they cry that their “religious freedom” is being ignored because they cannot discriminate against gays, they are denying a woman her “religious freedom” in determining whether or not to have an abortion. That is pure evil!
The constitution clearly states there is to be a separation of church and state. Therefore, passing legislation that is based solely on religious beliefs is unconstitutional. If you claim to be in favor of the constitution and the freedoms it guarantees, then passing legislation that is unconstitutional, is pure evil!
The Affordable Care Act mandated the expansion of Medicaid in all states. It even gives 100% of the cost of expansion to the states for the first three years, and 90% of the cost of expansion thereafter. The Supreme Court in its idiocy struck down that portion of the bill and said states have the right to choose whether or not to expand Medicaid in their states. At least 24 states decided not to expand Medicaid. Every one of these states is either fully or mostly controlled by Republicans.
As a result, millions of people who would have been able to get health care cannot. It is estimated that up to 17,000 people will die from preventable causes each year because of their decision to withhold health care from their citizens. There is no reason or any shred of justification for this denial of health care. They simply don’t like it. That is pure evil!
They want private companies to be able to “pick-and-choose” the contraception coverage offered by company sponsored health insurance plans. They claim that the owner’s “religious beliefs” should be the deciding factor. Hobby Lobby sued over the mandate for contraception coverage. All the while they are investing from their “retirement plans” funds in the very companies that make these same contraceptives. According to Hobby Lobby, it is okay for the company and their employees to make money off these companies, but not okay for their employees to use the very products they are investing in. They don’t see any hypocrisy either. That is pure evil!
They claim they are for creating jobs. Yet, they have proposed no legislation to create jobs. The only thing they say will create jobs is cutting taxes for corporations and the wealthy. This has failed for the last 30 years, yet they continue to repeat the same failed slogans. The administration has offered several bills that would create long-lasting, well-paying jobs. The Republicans have failed to bring one of those bills up for a vote in the House. These bills would improve our roads, bridges, electrical grid, sewers, water lines, and other parts of our infrastructure which is crumbling. That is pure evil!
They claim they are for upward mobility. Yet they continuously vote to slash education funding. They continuously vote to hold down the minimum wage. The repeatedly vote down equal pay legislation so women cannot be guaranteed the same pay for the same work. As a matter of fact, several members of the House, on the Republican side, even want to eliminate the Federal Minimum Wage altogether. That is pure evil!
There are a lot of other examples to offer like voter restriction laws, but I think you get the idea. The problem is if the Democrats don’t start calling out their opponents on these issues and show the American People just how evil the Republican Party has become, they are doomed to fail.
Yes, we have a definite choice in this mid-term election. We can either vote to move the country forward, or we can vote for pure evil. Remember when you are standing in the voting booth, if you vote for pure evil, they will soon be coming for you as well!